BAGHDAD — Another wave of attacks across Iraq, including an assault on a TV station, killed at least 26 people on Monday, officials said, as the government pressed on with its offensive to hunt down Al Qaeda-linked militants in the country’s western desert.
Five attackers stormed the offices of the channel owned by the provincial government of Salaheddin in the city of Tikrit, north of Baghdad, one blowing up a suicide car bomb at the gate and two more setting off explosive suicide belts inside, police said. Two more were killed by security forces.
Six channel staff died in addition to the attackers.
Other attacks included militants firing mortars into a military base near Baghdad’s western suburb of Abu Ghraib and detonating a bomb next to a passing military patrol. The twin attacks killed eight people, a police officer said.
In Baghdad’s southern district of Dora, gunmen broke into a pet shop and killed four men, another officer said.